No real formal note taken but this was clearly a well made and tasty cabernet based blend. Very smooth with loads of ripe, dark fruit, good structure and sweet tannins. Not overly complex but it likely would have benefited from decanting.
Will stick with my score from last time. Beautiful wine with both a powerful cab nose of black/blue fruit and maybe some forest floor might be what I would call it. Palate has some depth with nice plum/jam fruit wrapped in some coffee and minerals. A little grip on the end still but I like that.
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(Grand RÍve Vintners Collaboration Series I Red Wine Ciel du Cheval Red Mountain) Arresting aromatics of floral notes, earth, chocolate, penetrating licorice notes, herbal notes, and a jumble of red and black fruit on a wine to linger over. The palate is dense, dark, and seamless with a firm texture of polished tannins. A hedonist’s delight. Give three plus years or decant extensively. 63% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot, and 11% Merlot. Aged 23 months in French oak (70% new). 14.8% alcohol. 200 cases produced. Ben Smith winemaker.
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